Friday, August 31, 2007

illustration Friday: alphabets

I had to go into the archives for this submission to Illustration Friday's "alphabets". I have done quite a few commercial jobs that required me creating the alphabet in my own lettering. This is one of said jobs for Geffen records and the band Lode. In the mid 90's I toured with this band, did art for them and spent a summer in New York while they recorded with legendary producer Gary Katz of Steeley Dan fame. This is the 1st cd they did (I almost said album) and here is the alphabet in the lettering I made for them. Their name started out as Load and became Lode for the cd. Their name is from a few things; Mother Lode, load in your pants, getting loaded, etc. This all came together here and most photos are in Topanga shot by Dennis Keeley. Fire Station 69 is in Topanga too. The lead singer Inara George and her family are long-time Topangans. Her father was Lowell George from Little Feat. All the kids were from interesting and varied backgrounds. The band broke up during the making of the 2nd cd. And they all went off to do their own things. It was a really unique experience and happened because I am married to the guy who managed the band.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Illustration Friday: visitors

My submission for Illustration Friday's "visitors" is from a Marisol greeting card. I'm sure they are visitors ready to celebrate a night on the town. Speaking of visit I hope that you will take a moment and check out the new group I belong to at the
Scribble Guild. They are all super talented and I'm chuffed to be in their company. Have a fun weekend!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Illustration Friday: captain

My submission for Illustration Friday's "Captain" is from my HomeMade Calendar and the title is "Houseboat". Babs (the kitty) is the captain of the houseboat. This was for the month of July of course and the quote is: "Nothing makes a house cozier than cats" Gladys Taber

Friday, August 10, 2007

Illustration Friday: "Emergency"

My submission for Illustration Friday's "Emergency" is a colour-pencil study for the painting "Homeward Bound" featuring my dog Rat. The emergency that we are all faced with is over building. Yes, I love buildings but all of this constant building, subdivisions and mini mansions and the like are pushing all the wildlife out and wiping away the face of our towns. I'm afraid it is a big emergency! I posted a painting of this for IF here but sometimes I make a colour pencil version first to flesh out the idea. I find using pencils a soothing form of relaxation. You can listen to a movie or music and colour away. I also reversed the image which I love to do so I can see it both ways. Happy Friday!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Illustration Friday: "missing"

My submission for Illustration Friday's "missing" is a dimensional painting called "Magic Show". Abracadabra!

you can see it better here